Berhampur: The first special train carrying as many as 1,150 migrant workers hailing from Odisha reached Jagannathpur Railway Station in Ganjam district this morning. They were stranded in Kerala due to nationwide lockdown for coronavirus outbreak.
As per information, 511 passengers of Kandhamal, Ganjam, Rayagada, Boudh Nabarangpur and Koraput alighted at Jagannathpur station while rest of the passengers got off the train at Khurda Road station. The train had originated from Ernakulam Railway Station in Kerala.
Welcome to Ganjam.
Kerala returnee are being welcomed by Ganjam Police at Jagannathpur Railway Station.We are grateful for their cooperation & maintaining social distancing to fight against #COVID19.@CMO_Odisha @MoSarkar_Odisha @DGPOdisha @odisha_police @igpsr @Brijesh14671519 pic.twitter.com/9TE7YIMA4c
— SP GANJAM (@sp_ganjam) May 3, 2020
All the passengers underwent health screening before boarding the train in Kerala and were issued certification for the journey.
As per guidelines of the state government, the returnees will go to their native areas along with respective panchayat-level officials and undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days at Temporary Medical Camps.
— Sambad English (@Sambad_English) May 3, 2020